That little box holds 50 to 100 books and is part of a national program, Little Free Library, which aims to promote literacy and love of reading. Its slogan is “take a book, return a book.”
Cedar Grove Park received the box as a gift from Arthrelle Snaders, a northern Orange County resident. Her daughter gave her the box as a birthday present.
The Cedar Grove Park Little Free Library box had its opening ceremony on Oct. 8.
Beth Young, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation, said the library makes it easier for residents to access books.
“For people in that area, it gives them access to books that they would not have without traveling a pretty good distance to the library in Hillsborough,” Young said.
The Library’s books come from Orange County Public Library and donations from local residents.
Young said one challenge the library faces is ensuring people return the books after they read them since no one supervises the circulation.
Robert Robbins, Cedar Grove Park manager, said compared to public libraries, the Little Free Library is geared more toward younger generations by giving them more options to read and helping them find the joy in reading.